.5 CEU

Understanding Children with Special Needs and Their Families

As more early education and care programs include children with special needs, it is important for educators and staff to understand who these children are, the needs of the child and family, and the educational and therapeutic services they typically receive. This course offers an overview of children with special needs and is especially suited for early education and care providers who have not yet included children with special needs in their programs. Information will be offered on Early Intervention and the IFSP, Special Education and the IEP, and the impact on families of having a child with special needs. Resources for learning about specific diagnoses will be offered and specific internet sites will be explored.
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This training should take you approximately 5 hours to complete. Upon enrollment, you will have 2 weeks to complete all course content and submit your evaluation. Once the training is successfully completed, a IACET .5 CEU certificate will be issued.

100% of this course addresses the issues of "diverse learners"

Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing this training, participants should be able to:
Describe various types of special needs or disabilities including their characteristics and qualities
List the ways that including children with special needs impacts early education and care programs, including adaptations to materials, activities, and interactions
Identify the educational, therapeutic, and supportive services that children with special needs usually receive
Describe the impact to a family of having a child with significant special needs
Use resources for including children with disabilities in early education and care programs

The Institute for Education and Professional Development, Inc.

The Institute for Education and Professional Development, Inc. was established in 2005 to provide professional development and consultation services to early childhood programs and educators. We work collaboratively with programs, educators, and agencies to improve the quality of education and care for young children and families.

IEPD has master instructors who provide training, coaching and mentoring services. Each of the IEPD instructors receives training on adult learning principles, training design and delivery, and evaluation. All of the IEPD instructors have worked in the field of early childhood education, bringing their own experiences and "lessons learned" to the training.

Our trainings are fun, engaging, and are filled with important information and resources. We want to work with you, hear your stories, successes and challenges, and provide assistance to help you in your work.
Patrick Jones - Course author
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